Intro:The album form of Paphiopedilum haynaldianum, native to the Philippines, is an easy plant to grow once it gets past the seedling stage. It is somewhat difficult to grow from seed in flask, as it is very sensitive to various elements in the medium used in the flask. This plant has compact growth habit with leaves usually not exceeding 10" in length. The flower spikes emerge in the summer unlike normal colored haynaldianums (which are yellow, mahogany, and purple)that bloom in the spring. The green and yellow flowers of haynaldium album emerge from July through August.
All the offspring available today originated from one clone, haynaldianum album ‘Charles’ FCC/RHS, belonging to Emerson ‘Doc’ Charles of Costa Mesa, California. Doc hand-carried this plant to England where it received its award. The first offspring, which he made, were extremely slow and difficult to grow, but subsequent offspring have been more vigorous.We were the first to get a flask and grow them to blooming size. Since then we have made several new generations. This plant once sold for $2,000.00 per growth but now since we have been propagating these from seed the price has been lowered making this an affordable plant.Light:Low to medium light, at 1000 to 2000 footcandles. East windows are ideal. These plants also do well under artificial lights.
P.L. Lights systems are a great way to provide artificial light to your orchids. See our P.L. Lights page for more information on this great product we offer.Humidity:50% or higher is ideal. The use of humidity trays or room humidifiers is beneficial.
We offer two products that can help increase humidity levels. The humidity tray offered in black or white, and the Mist Maker. Please click on the underlined text for more information on these products.Water:It is best to use rainwater, distilled or reverse osmosis water. Municipal water with a pH of 7.5 or lower can also be used. Water as the mix approaches dryness but do not allow the mix to become completely dry between watering.
Overwatering can cause several problems such as root rot and infectious bacteria/fungus in the potting medium. One product we offer that can help these problems if caught at an early stage is Phyton 27 bactericide and fungicide.Fertilizer:Use
GrowMore 20-10-20 Ureafree for municipal or well water. Use at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon. If using GrowMore with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water, add back in 5 - 10% municipal or well water to supply the necessary calcium and magnesium. Fertilize every other watering in the summer and every third watering in the winter.
We highly recommend
Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to work with rain, distilled, reverse osmosis water or water low in alkalinity. Fertilize with Green Jungle every time you water.
Other fertilizers offered are as follows: GrowMore 6-30-30 (Cymbidium and bloom boosting formula) and GrowMore 20-6-16 (Tropical plant food with calcium and magnesium additives).Flowering:Flowering season is usually in the mid to late summer months. When spikes begin to emerge, be sure to keep the plant evenly moist at the roots.
If it dries out, the flower spike may abort. The flowers can last for 2 - 3 months. This plant has the curious habit of being self-pollinating and is not to be used as a pod parent when making hybrids, as most likely you will end up with a mix of offspring- some will be straight haynaldiunum album and some will be true hybrids.Repotting:The best time to repot this plant is immediately after flowering or anytime when the new growths are emerging and the plant is not in the process of flowering.
We offer several different types of potting medium. Here are direct links to what we believe to be some of the best potting mediums available for orchids: Orchids Limited bark mix, New Zealand sphagnum moss, coco husk, coco peat, sponge rock,charcoal, tree fern fiber, osmunda fiber and cork slabs for epiphytic plants.